Review: City2Surf 2007

By kaydo at 12:28 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

So thanks to LukeO, you’re probably aware that I decided to dabble in a bit of competitive running over the weekend. Being otherwise unprepared for the event (i.e. I’ve never run anywhere before ever for any purpose) I thought that a completely sedentary build-up would be best. The way I justified this, is that I’d be ready to expend this otherwise unused energy on race day. This is one of many reasons I am not a scientist.

Here’s a photo of the people I was beating shortly after the start of the race:
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I was passed by most of these people shortly before the first km marker.

Due to city2surf onset laziness, I want to summarise in dot points. Antics I appreciated:

  • The 35 minutes it took me to cross the start line (kind of takes the urgency out of things)
  • Metallica cover band on the roof of a pub in double bay, complete with awesome wigs
  • The dude racing in a mexican wrestling mask. Sweaty.
  • Free gatorade given away by people with entirely ORANGE HANDS (I took this as a warning of things to come)
  • The people dressed up as ANZ ATMs on heartbreak hill. I hope they were paid well
  • Ice cream trucks along the route, brilliant.
  • Spectators with beer EVERYWHERE, especially in pretty precarious locations (the spectators that is)
  • The folks around the 9km mark who had a home-made sign reading “1km to go”. I think this is genius.
  • 60,000+ doses of zany, example: 2007-08-12-city2surf-05
  • As promised in previous posts, it’s time for more stats:

    14km – Distance travelled … city2surf (though whereis tells me an alternative route means 6km/2hrs by foot)
    7.0km/hr – Speed I was going on flat bits when I remembered to check
    4.6km/hr – Speed up hearbreak hill
    28km/hr – Max Speed achieved during the event
    100% – Chance that my GPS was malfunctioning at that point
    2.2km/hr Speed I walked after the event
    7.8km/hr Speed I walked to purchase a redbull & iceblock post event

    2007-08-12-city2surf-06

    [Update] Starting back of the pack means I should apparently take 20mins, 28 seconds off my finishing time. It took me an extra 20 minutes after that to cross the start line! Regardless, my official finishing position is 44,501st.

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